The Bottom Line:

  • The Cardinals take a 2-0 lead in the series with the Colorado Rockies in a 5-4 win. The Cardinals went up a game on the Pirates as they lost to the Cubs. The Cardinals now hold a 3.5 game lead.
  • Shelby Miller had another strong September start tonight. He gave up 1 earned run on 5 hits over 6 innings and was credited with the win. He had 5 strikeouts and did not walk any batters. This marks Miller’s second straight start issuing no walks. Miller’s command has been very good his last few starts and nothing changed tonight.  He also helped his own cause, driving in Pete Kozma on a second inning double. Miller’s resurgent efficiency on the mound is promising given the Cardinals push to stay atop the NL Central.
  • Matt Holliday stayed hot tonight, going 1 for 2 while hitting his second consecutive homerun and also drawing 2 walks.  Matt Carpenter then followed Shelby Miller’s RBI double in the second with a homerun of his own, scoring both Miller and himself.
  • It was an anxious top of the ninth, as relievers Sam Freeman and Pat Neshek cut it close allowing the Rockies to put up 3 runs to make it a 5-4 game. Neshek eventually got pinch hitter Rafael Ynoa to fly out to center for the final out.
  • The Cardinals came out swinging, knocking Rockies starting pitcher Franklin Morales out after 4.0 innings pitched.  The Cardinals ended the day with 9 hits.

Food for Thought: Had the Cardinals pitchers not faltered in the ninth inning, this game would have been the fifth time in the last 7 games that the Cardinals held their opponents to one run or less.  This Cardinals starters are doing their part to make their team division champions.  The wins also marks a season high win streak of 7 games for the Cardinals.

What’s Next: The Cardinals take on the Rockies for the final game of the series tomorrow as Marco Gonzales (2-2, 5.01 ERA) will take on Jordan Lyles (6-2, 4.20 ERA). First pitch will be at 1:15 PM CST and can be seen on Fox.